POWER (FORMS & SEATS)The trial of Socrates (399 BC) occurred in the Heliaea, a popular tribunal, located at the bottom of Athens’s Agora. The heliastes (judges) mistook Socrates for a sophist (in a time when the sophists were commonly blamed for the defeat in the Peloponneses War and for the weakness of young citizens); the philosopher refused to defend his cause and accepted the sentence to death. Far from illustrating the judicial power, this event has remained an example of misguided democracy.
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